open-access payment

open access

1. Fee

The open-access fee is used to meet the costs of peer review, of production, and of online hosting and archiving.

1.1. Waivers

Authors from developing countries or authors who have financial difficulties in paying for open access may apply for their open-access fees to be waived. Waiver requests must be made before submission of a data article to the journal.

1.2. Discounts

Discounts are available for advance payment of open-access fees in the form of prepayment vouchers.

2. When to pay

Payment is due on acceptance of a data article for publication. Data articles will only be published once payment has been received.

3. Who should pay?

The corresponding author is responsible for making the payment.

4. How to pay

Authors may pay by credit card, bank transfer or voucher. Please note that purchase order and invoicing arrangements are also available.

4.1.Credit card

Credit card payments will be processed on a secure server provided by Worldpay.

4.2. Bank transfer

Authors must complete the purchase order or invoice payment form (see below) and quote the invoice number when making their payment. Bank transfer payments must be received within 30 days of the data article being accepted for publication.

4.3. Vouchers

Two types of vouchers are available:

  • waiver vouchers for authors from developing countries
  • prepayment vouchers - authors may prepay the open-access fees for data articles at a discounted rate; the vouchers are valid for five years

4.4. Purchase orders

For payment by a purchase order, authors must complete the online invoice form and provide appropriate details. Payment must be received within 30 days of the data article being accepted for publication.

4.5. Invoices

Authors must complete the online invoice form. Invoices must be paid within 30 days of the data article being accepted for publication.

5. Taxes

For all orders from the UK, value-added tax (VAT, currently 20%) will be charged. For authors from other countries in the European Union, VAT will be charged at the local rate unless a VAT registration number is provided.

6. Reimbursement

We are generally unable to process cancellations, refunds or returns of open-access fees after publication. Authors seeking reimbursement should contact IUCr Customer Services (

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